Is the mighty McLaren M16 the greatest ever Indy car?
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Is the mighty McLaren M16 the greatest ever Indy car?

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When founder Bruce McLaren died in June 1970, his team could have folded. Instead, his loyal band rallied to produce a string of winners - including an Indy car game-changer that won three Indy 500s in six years.

Handsome in all its guises, a winner in all its guises, and, being one of the greatest McLarens, therefore one of the greatest racecars of all time. The M16 – along with the various M8 Can-Am bruisers and the M23 Formula 1 car – upgraded McLaren to the racecar constructor elite.

Tragically, Bruce McLaren didn’t live to see his team make this leap in status, but his legacy was a company made in his image, perfectly blending ambition and adventure with a solid methodical engineering ethos. And it was from this environment that the M16 originated and evolved.

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